Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said yesterday there were many "self-centred people" who claim to represent the church but were doing great damage to it. Dr Martin was speaking at the ordination of three new Dominican deacons in Dublin.
Addressing the congregation, he referred to Pope Benedict's recent comments about divisions within the Catholic Church, saying: "There are many who claim to serve the church and the unity of the church and yet damage the unity of the church, not so much through false doctrine, but through a self-centred life-style."
No winner of €4.1m Lotto jackpot
There was no winner of last night's €4,161,060 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 14, 17, 27, 29, 30, 44 (bonus 4).
There were three Match 5+bonus winners who each get €125,000; 49 Match 5s (€1,583); 164 Match 4+bonus (€119); 2,235 Match 4s (€54); 3,378 Match 3+bonus (€24); and 36,227 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 2, 7, 12, 15, 32, 44 (bonus 43) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 1, 6, 7, 31, 37, 45 (bonus 8).
In the £4m UK draw the numbers were 7, 20, 27, 39, 46, 48 (bonus 49).
Hay Festival gets three-day offshoot
The renowned Hay Festival will run an offshoot version of itself in Kells, Co Meath, in late June.
The three-day festival, from June 28 to 30, is a major coup for the town and is set to bring together the best of Irish, British and international authors and thinkers to "celebrate the sharing of stories and ideas".
Novelist John Banville will be among the participants.
Horror crash tot in hospital move
A two-year-old boy who suffered serious injuries in a car crash in Co Longford last Thursday has been transferred to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin.
Gardai in Longford last night appealed for information following the St Valentine's Day accident involving three adults and four children who suffered injuries when the car they were in hit a wall at Terlicken, Ballymahon.
Documentary looks at life in prison
A major TV documentary into the Irish prison system will be shown tomorrow night on RTE1. Filmed over the course of a year, Life On The Inside explores the lives of inmates and custodians in Wheatfield and Shelton Abbey prisons. It follows the lives of six prisoners who allowed cameras access to their cells.
Mater's new A&E department opens
The old A&E department in Dublin's Mater Hospital closed yesterday ahead of the opening of a new facility today. The move follows years of vigils and campaigns by local people for an improvement in conditions there.
Junior minister Joe Costello said: "The new department is fit for the work required. The old one was deplorable."
Revenue probes pubs over betting
A revenue investigation is believed to be under way in the north-east into claims that several pubs are operating illicit bookie services.
Revenue officials are visiting pubs where, it is claimed, bets are being accepted for Irish and UK racing. "The pubs being targeted have an arrangement with local bookies to take bets over the phone. It is expected there will be a number of prosecutions," the source said.
TD worried at relaxing Lotto rules
Fine Gael Cavan/Monaghan TD Heather Humphreys has warned against the relaxing of rules governing online sales of lotto tickets, for fear it may lead to gambling problems.
"In an era where online gambling is both increasingly popular, and in many cases problematic, I would be concerned that our National Lottery could be seen to feed into this problem," she said.
Widow leaves estate worth €3.3m
widow Eva T Briscoe, of Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, who died last June, has left €3,283,863.
Other wills: Michael Ryan, farmer, Templemore, Co Tipperary, €2,147,882; Catherine Crean, housewife and writer, Finglas, Dublin, €1,618,661; Patrick O'Rourke Markey, Julianstown, Co Meath, €1,3521,928; Desmond P Jones, company director, Portmarnock, Dublin, €1,346,175.
The value of wills include property, including the family home and should not be regarded as cash amounts.